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Cry Wolf (2005)

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Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.


Jeff Wadlow



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erica Yates Erica Yates ... Becky
Julian Morris ... Owen
Lindy Booth ... Dodger
Jane Beard Jane Beard ... Miss McNally
Gary Cole ... Mr. Matthews
Jared Padalecki ... Tom
Jesse Janzen Jesse Janzen ... Randall
Paul James ... Lewis
Sandra McCoy ... Mercedes
Ethan Cohn ... Graham
Kristy Wu ... Regina
Sabrina Gilbert Sabrina Gilbert ... Game Player
Ashleigh Pixley Ashleigh Pixley ... Game Player
Shauna Sauls Shauna Sauls ... Game Player
Ranel Johnson Ranel Johnson ... Game Player


Nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth. When a young woman is found murdered, a group of local high school students decide to further scare their classmates by spreading online rumors that a serial killer called "The Wolf" is on the loose. By describing "The Wolf's" next victims, the students' game is to see how many people they can convince - and if anyone will uncover the lie. But when the described victims actually do start turning up dead, suddenly no one knows where the lies end and the truth begins. As someone or something begins hunting the students themselves, the game turns terrifyingly real. Written by focus features

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You Lie... You Die! See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Living the Lie See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,551,000, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rogue Pictures, Hypnotic See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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America Online helped to publicize the film by launching an alternate reality game for AIM users by sending instant messages to each other, which ran for the duration of the film's promotion. The game itself is similar to "Mafia", replacing townspeople and mafia with sheep and wolves. See more »


(at around 26 mins) When Owen types on the computer for the first time (using instant messenger), at one point he types "Ooh, I'm scared". But when he sends the message through, it now reads "Oooh, I'm scared" (three "o"s instead of two). See more »


Tom: He's just pissed cause he's fat.
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References Bend It Like Beckham (2002) See more »


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"The Horror Movie Rules Kill Cry_Wolf"
7 January 2006 | by Matt_LaydenSee all my reviews

After a new student makes a fool out of everyone during a friendly game, the university students decide to take the game to the next level. They create a false rumour based on a real murder, but when one of the students receives threatening instant messages, the game is taken to a whole new level. Their rumours are coming true, as they think the killer is one of themselves, they try to survive the doom they had already planned out for themselves.

Their was a horror film back in the eighties, that featured a killer killing off teens in a mansion. The title of the film gave away the entire premise and the ending, so there was really no fun to be had with it at all. It was called April Fool's Day and Cry_Wolf is that exact same film, only almost 20 years later. Cry_Wolf is not to be confused with Wolf Creek. Although both are horror movies, with wolf in the title, which came out roughly the same time and are in the end, not entertaining. In the case for Cry_Wolf, this film suffers from the old horror movie rules.

Wolf could have been a decent horror film for the year of 2005, but it's shortcomings are too many and it's high points are too few. While the overall look of the killer is decent, the orange ski mask and army jacket give the killer a more realistic look then say someone wearing a fencing mask? But we hardly ever see this killer and when we do, the film has to go into this "cool for the sake of it" effect and distorts the image.

Non of the characters are likable. Jared Padalecki plays the same character that he did in House of Wax and no other actor stands out from the other, they are all the same. Although Bon Jovi was not particularly bad in this film, he really had no place in it either.

Wadlow seems to believe that he had something interesting here and tried to tweak it into a something more then a slasher horror film. In some movies this works, but for Wolf, it unfortunately doesn't. Wadlow has some talent, his previous short films are much better this one, he feature debut. Wolf lacks any scares to really scare, and intelligence to make you think, any deaths to make you have a good time. The horror movie rules kill this film, for instance, if you do not see a death on screen, usually they are not dead. Case in point Scream 3, once this is set into motion, you can pretty much figure out the ending.

If the horror movie rules don't give away the ending, then the title will. Much like April Fool's Day, Cry_Wolf treads the same line. You know who's in on the whole thing half way through. The red herrings are too obvious, which lead you to know who's who slasher film. But if that is not enough, the filmmakers try to surprise you with a twist, as every movie has the need to do these days. Thank you Shyamalan. But this twist seems forced as a last ditch effort to make the film seem more then what it actually is. With the ending trying to be smart and different, it ends up being inane and not very original.

If you're looking for a scary movie, look elsewhere. If you are in the mood for a killing frenzy, rent old school slasher flicks instead. If you want to see cry wolf, watch April Fool's Day...at least in that movie the deaths are a lot more imaginative and visible. Wadlow does indeed have some talent, but he had a misstep with this film. One can only hope that he sticks to a more comedic tone like "Manual Labor" and stay far away from crap that is known as Cry_Wolf

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